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story? Think again. The out-of-
town owner in this story is ex-hippie Dan McLeod, editor and
want. It is an alternative voice to the
daily newspapers, but absent is much of
the irreverance and humour that made
VOX what it was.
"Once you become more of a commercial paper, people expect a different
level of professionalism," says Calgary
Straight editor Brad Simm. "Doing VOX
you could get away with a lot more in
terms of being sloppy, being off the cuff.
You didn't have to cover your ass as
He admits the change may have cost
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urban "alternative" paper when the
Great West Newspaper Group launched
FFWD Weekly (Fast Forward).
Maizun Jayoussi, CJSW station manager and one of the board members who
made the decision to sell, says that VOX
took a hard financial hit with the introduction of FFWD.
"At one time VOX enjoyed a very open
market in Calgary...but then FFWD came
into town," Jayoussi explains. "Even
though VOX wasn't intended to make
money, it was never intended to lose a
whole lot of money either."
When  The Straight told
them they were expanding
to Calgary, CJSW got
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of The Georgia Straight. The small independent is—or rather was—
VOX, the monthly music magazine published by CJSW, the
University of Calgary's radio station. In June of this year, the 15 year
old VOX published its final issue and
was formally absorbed into the new
Calgary Straight.
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your   average   well-educated,   well-
dressed and well-meaning reader could
paper some of its readership. "I think
we gained a whole bunch of readers and
we lost some readers."
Simm knows the difference between
VOX and The Straight as well as anyone.
After all, he was the editor at VOX when
CJSW was approached by Dan McLeod
and ultimately made the decision to
sell—a decision he vehemently defends.
"Anyone who thinks that VOX sold
out is either uninformed to what a successful publication is all about, or they're
simply a quack," Simm wrote in VOX's
farewell edition. "The times are a
changin' and I'm extremely proud of
CJSW for having the guts to advance
themselves and to aid in providing that
much more opportunity for the home-
According to Simm, the station's
board of directors didn't have much of a
choice. After 15 years of publication, the
last three had been financially difficult
for VOX. In 1995, Calgary got its first
market two
weeklies fighting for the same limited advertising dollars would have made
it very difficult for VOX to compete. But
Dan McLeod had an offer. To make the
Straight's own expansion easier and to
eliminate a potential competitor,
McLeod offered to buy VOX, hire Brad
Simm and reserve a couple of pages near
the back of the new paper for the CJSW
program guide and music charts.
"We lost a lot of sleep over this decision," says Jayoussi. "But if we said no to
this, we felt there was a very real possibility that we would lose VOX all together and with nothing to show for it."
The board reasoned that an alliance
with The Georgia Straight would still get
the program guide out and it would reach.
a wider audience. Besides, Dan McLeod
and The Straight have a long history of
"stickin' it to The Man." In the sixties,
McLeod fought censors at Vancouver City
Hall for the right to publish his controversial hippie rag.
continued on page 4
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Running as part of the Vancouver International
Film Festival
Plays Oct 2 and Oct 4
by Peter T. Chattaway
It's not often that a reporter profiles a filmmaker
without first taking a look at their latest film. But in
the case of Helena's Hex, a short film produced by
UBC film school graduates Laura Bryans and
Anthony Grieco, we'll make an exception. The duo
had no money left to transfer their film to video,
once it was finished, and their 16mm print is currently in the hands of the Vancouver International
Film Festival.
Says Grieco, 28, who wrote and directed the
film: "We screened our print at the lab the morning
that prints were due at the festival's screening committee. We screened it at the lab in the morning,
hopped on a bus, went downtown, and dropped it
off at the office that afternoon. It was like writing an
Like writing an essay? Perhaps when it comes to
beating deadlines. But most essays don't cost
$20,000. And Bryans, 25, who produced the film,
says the two-year process of making the film "went
incredibly easily, compared to our student films,
which were just hell on earth. They were the worst
moments of our lives."
Development on the film began in 1996 with a
$10,000 Kickstart grant from Telefilm Canada. At
the time, Bryans had just been awarded UBC's Best
Graduate Film prize for her short film, A Girl's
Guide to Kissing and Other Nightmares in
Teenland. Grieco, meanwhile, had snagged the
Best Short Drama prize at the Montreal Student
Film Festival with Iris dark fantasy Henry's Tale.
Helena's Hex, which tells the story of a twelve
year-old girl who wants to make her seventy year-
old grandfather disappear, combines elements of
both films. "You can almost take every scene in the
film and go, 'This scene is a Henry's Tale kind of
scene. This scene is a Girl's Guide to Kissing kind of
scene,'" says Bryans.
Principal photography commenced in the
spring of 1997, and if the shoot went smoothly
compared to their student films, it was because
Grieco and Bryans were working with a full crew.
On their student films, Grieco and Bryans regularly found themselves juggling multiple tasks, from
directing to arranging costumes and catering. But
Helena's Hex, which borrowed much of its crew
from the local independent feature The Vigil, was
free of such complications.
Grieco recalls, "I remember, so many times on
set, just looking around and having flashbacks to
our student films. 'Oh yeah, this is how things are
supposed to run! This is how things are supposed
to be!' It felt like a professional set.
"Early on, I'd find myself going, 'Should I be setting up this light over here?' I was constantly wanting to get my hands on things. As a student director, not only do you direct, but you are your own
grip at times. [Directing Helena's Hex] was just very
different. Everything was delineated. It's the only
word I can think of. professional."
Bryans notes that it took time to gather a crew
that could work on the film for free, but everyone
involved gained valuable experience. "Two months
after the show, I think over half the people were
working professionally," she says, "so they were just
on the cusp."
How does an aspiring filmmaker attract such a
crew? "You beg," says Bryans, who spent several
months asking all her contacts if they knew of anyone who would be interested in working on a film.
She adds, "The biggest thing, once you've got
them, is the promise of good food on set It's a joke
in the independent film industry, but it's such a big
Grieco says the biggest difficulty for him came
during post-production. It took over a year to edit
the film, which runs only 23 minutes, because of
what he calls "the stages of limbo that exist when
you're waiting for financing to come through."
Scripts, he notes, don't take too long to write,
but it could be a year or two before any short project is completed. "You'd better be damned sure
that you're not going to get bored of it within six
months, because anything is going to take a long
time to finish. And that's one of the agonising
things about post-production, is that boredom. It's
that feeling of, 'God, I've got to get this idea finished, because I'd love to be working on something
The film was ultimately finished with private
money and a bit of help from the National Film
Board. Says Bryans: "At the very, very end, when
you start sound mixing and when you go to the
film festival, that's when it starts getting exciting
"Yeah," Grieco concurs. "When you see a cut for
the first time, after that state of limbo, it's like it
comes back to you. 'Oh yeah, this is what we did,
this is why we made that film.' And then of course
sound gets added to that, and that revelation happens all over again."
Helena's Hex makes its world premiere in a double-bill with Alexandra Gill's feature film Leda and
the Swan. It plays October 2 at 2:00 pm at the
Pacific Cinematheque, and again on Sunday at
9:45 pm at the Paradise.
After that, Bryans and Grieco hope to tour the
festival circuit and sell their film to TV. "We
designed it for a half-hour TV spot," says Grieco.
"We haven't decided where the commercial
breaks happen yet, but there's got to be a pause or
Running as part of the Vancouver
International Pilm Festival
Piays Sept 26, Sept 29
by Vince Yim
Proving once again that North
American filmmakers can easily
learn much from overseas film markets, directors Gordon Chan and
Danle lam put together an roiler-
taining package about two cops
running amok in Triad-infested
Hong Kong. Combining laughs.
action, and a louch ot" the obligatory romance, the film ends up trying
too hard, yet remains a fun film.
Michael Wong, best known from
the Once a Thief telefilm (and,
unfortunately. Knvckuff,, plays
Cheung, a srraight-laced cop reassigned lo an ami-Triad sound.
Anthony Wong, well-known from
his villain role in Hani-Boiled, plays
off of him as Tung. T?>e opposite of
Cheung, lung's a mguc cop who
keeps up a relationship with the
Triads, opening the question of
who's really in charge.
The odd man out is Sam (played
by Sam lee Chan). Best described
as the Hong Kong equivalent of
Spud from TruinsfMttting, he's a
young cop with weird hair, funny
looking glasses, and odd attitudes
towards sex (ie: appropriate condom substitutes). But while Sam's
fun to watch, he's ultimately a
Unfortunately, this could bt: said
lor much ol the film, lieast ihps is
simply trying to be too much in too
short a span of time. Sequences are
set up in an almost haphazard fash
ion, with some elements left completely in the dust. Before the formal
introduction of Cheung, we are
shown a brilliantly shot black and
white flashback sequence where he
is forced to kill a fellow police officer.
While die filmmakers could have
easily used this as a character development device, it is instantly forgotten as Cheung graces the screen.
Quickly jumping in transition
from documentary to comedy to
romance to horror, these sequences
an? well constructed by themselves.
But as a whole they ultimately fail
to achieve balance. Documentary
style interviews arc an interesting
insight into the character's lives, but
ultimately they feel out of place in
the film, as do other stylised
The Deautrful cinematography,
which includes slow motion tracking and handheld camera effects
(reminiscent of Wong Kar-Wafs
Chungking Express), and brilliantly
colourful art dmi'linn male.! ibrnici:
scenes hut not for a great film. Still,
it is a fun movie and worthy of a look
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"We don't feel that we're allied
with some sort of evil Conrad
Black publication. I understand
The Georgia Straight has grown a
lot, but it is still fundamentally an
independently-owned paper,"
says Jayoussi.
Conrad Black. His name is
everywhere in the newsaper business. In Alberta his company,
Southam Inc, owns The Calgary
Herald and The Edmonton
Journal. Black is also majority
owner of the Great West
Newspaper Group, publisher of
two urban weeklies: FFWD in
Calgary and See Magazine in
Dan McLeod is the little guy.
At least that's the way he sees it in
Calgary and Edmonton where his
papers The Calgary Straight and
Vue Weekly—of which he owns 50
per cent—compete against
Southam weeklies for advertising
dollars and readership.
"We're on a totally different
level than the big chains. I think
something like See or FFWD is
just a little toy or something to
these guys. I don't think they
could care less about how they
use it. They use it the same way
Southam uses its weeklies in
Vancouver—they're just farm
teams to feed the big monster,"
says McLeod.
Ron Garth, editor and owner
of the other 50 per cent of Vue
Weekly, couldn't agree more.
"[Urban weeklies are] the
antithesis of everything that is
Conrad Black We should be under
skin. We should use this outlet to
try and balance things out," says
Unlike The Calgary Straight,
Vue Weekly does not look anything
like its Vancouver cousin, nor is it
a new publication. Garth has been
publishing the paper for the last
few years—ever since he was
forced out of See Magazine by its
printer Duff Jamison. Jamison is
now partner with Southam in the
Great West Newspaper Group.
For Garth, the partnership with
McLeod is about making Vue
more financially secure so it can
better compete with See. For
McLeod, his interests in Calgary
and Edmonton are all about
"The economy in BC has been
depressed for a while and we're
not looking forward to a lot of
growth in BC. Things seem a lot
brighter in Alberta," he explains.
"It seemed like there would be a
lot more potential for a publication there than trying to grow in
this market [Vancouver]."
Maybe that booming growth
explains why See Magazine doesn't feel much threatened by
McLeod's move east. Jeff
Beardsworth, marketing director
for the paper, dismisses Vue and
Dan McLeod. He says Vue really
hasn't had much impact on ad
sales or readership.
"People who read papers like
this, really don't give a shit who
owns the paper," says
McLeod and Garth disagree.
For them ownership makes a big
difference. McLeod argues that
Southam has no interest in letting
its urban weeklies grow to a point
where they compete with its
dailies. There is no committment
to alternative media.
"If you really took the alternative format and ran with it and fulfilled it to its full potential, you
would get a paper somewhat like
The Georgia Straight, or better,
and it would really threaten the ad
base of the dailies," says McLeod.
"So what we're left with in Calgary
and Edmonton is papers whose
ultimate destiny is crippled from
birth—very self-consciously by its
owners. And cynically, I might
Garth thinks partnerships, like
his and McLeod's, are the only way
for independently-owned weeklies to resist that cynicism. And he
is happy to accept the help of an
organisation with over 30 years
experience in that department.
"What we're battling on both
fronts is Southam," says Garth.
"Dan and The Straight, for a long
long time, they've been fighting
the whole Southam domination—
and that's exactly what's going on
So what about VOX?
"VOX was not taken very seriously—even by the campus paper
[The Gauntlet]. Indeed the campus paper," McLeod explains, "has
taken some steps to have The
Calgary Straight banned from the
campus. Clearly they feel The
Calgary Straight is some kind of
threat where VOX was not."
This is not the first time
McLeod has faced opposition on a
campus. In 1973, The Georgia
Straight was prohibited from distributing free to students at UBC.
Back then it was because the
paper cost 25 cents everywhere in
Vancouver, but McLeod was looking to increase his readership—
and in turn his ad revenue—by
giving the paper away free to students. The Ubyssey estimated they
could could lose between 30 and
50 per cent of their advertisers if
McLeod's plan was successful.
McLeod may have a history of
"stickin' it to The Man," but he
also has a history of stickin' it to
the little guy. VOX may never
have been much of a financial
player in Calgary's ad market, but
until recently it was a strong
alternative voice in the city and
the rag of choice for anyone looking to find out what was happening in Cowtown. Many, not least
those people at CJSW who made
the tough decision to sell to Dan
McLeod, are sad to see it go.*>
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"No stuntman. No equal."
Originally touted as the next Bruce Lee, Jackie
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himself as one of the finest martial artists in the film
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proven himself to be one of the most exciting actors
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My Life in Action chronicles his rise to stardom,
starting from his training days as a child in Yu Jin-
yuen's China Drama Academy to his rise in Hong
Kong to his rising states in Hollywood.
In a market full of low-grade stinkers and Dennis
Rodman biographies, My Life in Action is surprisingly well-written. Short yet satisfying, Jackie Chan, with
some help, tells the entire tale from day one. Every
single moment is recalled with amazing clarity,
although one can't help but assume there is a bit of
Still, it makes for a very entertaining read, not
spending too much time dwelling in the history of
martial arts (though it is briefly mentioned) but more
concerned with what made Jackie Chan a star.
His story is one of ambition and dedication, with
the message that success is best obtained through
hard work. The book takes a detailed look at his life,
and seems to paint Chan as a far cry from the cocky
superhero that he appears to be on screen.
As an added bonus, the book contains some
interesting factoids for any Jackie Chan fan. As well
as a complete filmography, the book lists his ten
favorite fight scenes, stunts, and a list of injuries sustained during the productions of his films, which is
by no means complete.
One complaint, though. The timing of this book
couldn't be much better, as it was released a week or
two before the release of his first major American film
in many years, Rush Hour (opened September 18th).
Surely enough, there are references to Rush Hour in
the book, one even mentioning the recent film's
release ("...which should be out in the theatres right
now..."). This almost seems to indicate the book was
released solely for the promotion of the film.
Unfortunately, as with all autobiographies written
by celebrities, one is always left with the nagging suspicion that the celebrity in question didn't contribute
anything to the book. Still, the work is convincing
and written sharply. Thankfully, unlike Jackie Chan's
movies, the book doesn't have a section dedicated to
rejected pages that they had to rewrite.*
HOWDY: Jackie Chan takes a peek into the literary
world with his new book
The next big thing Trap Lines is a gritty.
At the Contemporary Art Gallery
Runs until Oct 24
by Marina Antunes
Walking down the short hallway towards the
exhibition area of the Contemporary Art
Gallery, you can't help but stop to observe
the odd 30x30x6 inch burnished steel box
containing a neon blue halo. This installation, called "imperfect halo" is one part of
an eight piece exhibit by noted contemporary artist Claudia Cuesta.
Bom and raised in Medellin Colombia,
Cuesta was educated in England and
Canada, and currently lives and works in
Vancouver. While in England, Cuesta went
to school at the Byam Shaw School of Art
where her undergraduate studies concentrated in mixed media For her post-graduate work in sculpture, she attended Slade
School of Fine Art and worked with such
artists as Rachel Whiteread and Marcus
Taylor—artists that have gained much
attention in Europe.
Over the last few years, Cuesta herself
has gained attention with exhibitions in
Vancouver, Toronto, London, and Rio de
Janeiro amongst others. Working mainly in
sculpture and incorporating common
industrial metals, like steel, her artwork is
simple yet profound and highly concerned
with morality.
Cuesta's work always follows a particular
idea In herl996 solo show at the Museum
of Modem Art in Bogota, Cuesta exhibited
sculptures and installations that followed
more or less the idea of birth and mothering. In her latest show, Confession {from a
payphone) Cuesta draws inspiration from
her Catholic upbringing
Entering the main display area through
an abnormally large steel door, all common
sounds such as talking, traffic and telephones ringing disappear and all that is
audible is the heavy, strained breath that
comes from the large coffin-like metal box
in the center of the room.
Looking around, the rest of the installations are visible though the details and not
seen until one approaches the individual
pieces. At closer inspection, one sees the
eyes of the all-seeing god, here not paying
much attention, while the long red zipper of
''chastity/martyr'' speaks to the 'supposed'
lack of sexual fulfillment in the church.
Cuesta has atendencyto catch the public's attention with her work and this exhibit
is no different One can't help but stand and
stare at the pieces, move on to the next one,
and then return to the one before, each time
noticing new, subtle things that make them
unfoigettable. Some time soon, Cuesta will
be the new "big thing" in the art scene. Until
then, one can enjoy her aesthetically and
emotionally pleasing exhibit*
gripping, gutty read
by Eden Robinson
[Vinatage Canada]
by Anne Augustine
I've been pumelled by a book. I should have
known better. I guess if you pick up a volume
whose title is an agonizing way of killing
something, you shouldn't be expecting
warm and fuzzy bedtime reading. Trap Lines
isn't beautiful; it isn't glorious, and it isnt a
triumph of the human spirit, but it is stunning It's a group of stories—four—linked
because they are variations on the themes of
sex, blood, and violence at early adolescence.
In this book, family are predatory and lay
elaborate traps for you. If outside people are
kind, well, that's only to get you to patch
holes in their lives, and—here's the kicker-
no one, no one, could possibly ever understand whars really going on in your life.
The setting changes. Most of it occurs in
the north of BC, past Hope. Way past. The
protagonists change; two women, two men.
The voice even changes, which is my only
complaint—Robinson writes one of the sto
ries in tlje third person, which is a little
unnerving since she is so behind the eyes
and intimate in the other three. Incidentally,
this particular one, "Contact Sports," didn't
grip me as well as the others, partly because
the outside observer voice doesn't force the
reader to live the character's experience. At
several points, I found myself distanced
from the text not because it was too dark to
stay in comfortably, but because 1 just
couldn't quite care. Robinson is so terse and
tmthful in her other tales that I caught
myself musing over earlier story "Dogs in
Winter" as I read "Contact Sports." I suspect
it was included more to flesh out the book to
standard novel length than as a decisive
complement to the other texts. It would
have been stronger on its own, and Trap
Lines would be better off without it.
Thafs about the only uncomplimentary
thing I can say. The stories are arresting, the
way a bird's corpse is, wings splayed in stub-
bom flight You can't quite decide if it's beautiful or hideous, and you can't stop staring.
Pick up Trap Lines. Read it I can't quite
say 1 like it, but I read it over a month ago,
and I still taste blood and get this ringing in
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DrDrWOnD [MlSlFD'CiM came to UBC ^\t-f      n;:; of being a
, but that dream may not happen right away. He's
by Bruce Arthur
Daaron McField probably watched UBC football
games long before any of bis teammates. As a child,
he'd sit next to his uncle in the announcer's booth,
helping spot who caught the last pass or who made
the last tackle so that his uncle could announce it to
the crowd. But he says he got it wrong as often as not.
I'd always get it wrong," he laughs. '"It was 57,'"
he'd whisper. And his uncle would fire back, "'It wasn't 57!'"
It was ironic then that in last week's Shrum Bowl,
after McField burst through the SFU offensive line
like a tidal wave and sacked the quarterback, he
heard teammate Tyson St James' name called as the
But don't worry. Soon, Daaron McField won't be
mistaken for anyone else.
"He's playing outstanding. Intellectually he's
probably ahead of half the coaching staff," says
interim head coach Dave Johnson. "And he is so
doggone athletic—he is still learning the game of
football, but his athleticism has allowed him to compete at this level."
But the 23 year-old Daaron McField has come a
long way to be here. He is, as they say, the proverbial
bouncing ball.
Bom in Vancouver, his family moved back to the
Cayman Islands when he was about six months old.
They stayed until McField was eight, when the family moved back to Vancouver so that his mother could
finish her Master's at UBC. So for nearly four years,
McField got to watch his uncle call Thunderbird football from the booth.
He then lived in Aurora, Ontario, until he was 16.
Then it was back to the West coast, where he finished
high school at Prince of Wales, did two years at
Langara College, and came back to UBC. Two years
into pre-med, McField never considered playing varsity sports.
Now, the second-year nosetackle is making a
name for himself in what is only his second year of
football. Ever. He played for parts of three games in
the ninth grade in Aurora and gave the sport up until
he was recruited in a weight room by UBC free safety Chris Hoople.
"I was like, 'He's huge, and he's working out hard,'"
says Hoople, who appoached the 6'4", 235-pound
McField with trepidation. He invited the youngster to
try out, and McField was pretty skeptical.
"He asked 'are you guys going to win?'" smiles
Hoople. "And I said, 'Yeah, we're going to have a winning team, of course.'"
Though McField's
response was lukewarm, Hoople and
quarterback Shawn
Olson kept badgering
him every time they
saw him at the
Birdcoop. And then
spring tryouts came.
"So, tryout day, I
slept in," he says. At
9:30 UBC head coach
Casey Smith called
and asked him to try
out "Why not? How
often does the head
coach personally call
you and ask you to try
out for the team?"
McField showed
up and spent some
time figuring out how
the  pads  fit  before
going out and blowing his hamstring the second day
of camp. Nevertheless, the coaches saw enough to
offer him a roster spot
Small by defensive line standards,
the 235-pound McField had to learn
Compared to everyone else I was
about pee-wee. I got beat down. I
ended up on my butt and on my face,
and was wondering, 'What the hell am
I doing out here?'"
Nobody asks that now. The first
thing you notice, looking at Daaron
McField, is that he's a big guy. Not
large, not hefty—big. A colossal chest,
thick arms and legs, broad shoulders,
and a round, clean-shaven head to top
it off. After two years of seriously working out for the first time in his life,
McField now weighs in at 280 pounds.
He doesn't get beaten down much
"I have a lot of talent—I know that,"
he says. "I'm a tall guy, I'm very strong,
I have long arms, I'm fast But..the
If s been a lot of work for McField to
learn a game he'd never really played.
He started late, and it showed.
"He was a little raw, a little wild,"
adds team captain and defensive end
Alex Charles. "It took him about a year
to understand what guys are trying to
do to him, and what he's trying to do to
That McField has come such a long
way in such a short time is only part of
the story. His five course load in pre-
med would seem to rule out the time
commitment needed for varsity football. But he learned how to do that,
"My first year, I really didn't know
what the workload was going to be like
with football. Last year I was so tired I
just didn't care anymore."
So after a year of collapsing into
bed at the end of the day, McField has  THE FUTURE DOCTOR DAARON MCFIELD UBC's starting nosetackle is poised to graduate in
got his schedule a little more under  pre-med after only his second year of varsity eligibility. As his improvement spirals up, his
control. dreams of becoming a doctor move further and further away-because the sky's the limit.
"I think it has forced adjustments  ™rawestover photo
He's playing
Intellectually, he's
probably ahead
—Dave Johnson,
interim head coach
for him, but he doesn't miss practice,
doesn't leave early," says Johnson. "I think he's got
that all taken care of."
McField has taken care of football, too. As a backup last year at defensive end, he was stuck behind
veterans St James and Charles.
"There's a good yardstick
between me and them," says
But when injuries hit the interior
line, McField was thrown into the
trenches. What he found there was
surprisingly simple.
"I knew sort of what I was
doing—go left, go right," he laughs.
"And lo and behold, I actually did
something right."
McField started at nosetackle the
rest of the year, and even got a sack
in the Birds' Vanier Cup win over the
Ottawa Gee Gees.
"I wasn't all that hyped for the
game—I was worried. I mean, I'm
on TSN! I was really nervous that I
was going to get embarassed."
His technique was good enough
to get the sack and to clog the middle effectively against Ottawa. Now,
he's finally becoming comfortable with his ability.
"It's only in the past couple weeks that I feel that I
can actually work off someone and throw them aside
without getting blocked—and that's a year and a half
"Our jobs are safe right now with Daaron," says
Johnson. "Because he still makes enough mistakes
that we can correct him. But in a year or two when he
really learns the game he could be a scary individual."
McField will get his B.Sc. in pharmacology next
year, but loves football so much that he will likely play
another year as an unclassified student—he's only in
his second year of eligibility, and wants to get the
grades that dropped a little last year back up. And at
his rate of improvement, McField may be getting calls
from more than hospitals. The CFL is a possibility.
"[He can go] as far as he wants to, as far as he
allows himself to go," says Charles, who has played
with a lot of CFL-bound players. "If he continues to
learn, I'm not qualified to say how far he can go—but
a long distance."
"I could tell my grandchildren that I was a pro
football player back in the day," McField smiles. "And
if I save enough to buy a house, or a car, and then I
could go back to school without a big hassle. It's definitely a goal, but if I don't make it I won't cry over it."
McField's eyes light up when he's asked what he
really wants to do. "If I could play football for a couple of years, get to know who the coaches are, go to
med school, become an orthopedic doctor, and dien
get to workwith the players. Beautiful."
Whoever's spotting from the booth will know
which guy is Daaron McField by then. ♦ Tr
8 THE WrffFY • FRIDAY. OCTOBER 2,199ft
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by Peter T. Chattaway
Of all the Saturday Night Live characters that have made it to the big
screen, the Butabi brothers must have seemed the most unlikely. In a typical sketch, the brothers hop from one nightclub to another, bopping their
heads to dance club hits and trying, usually unsuccessfully, to pick up a
babe or two. There's no dialogue, no story, and no character details beyond
the fact that they like to go to clubs.
In fact, until A Night at the Roxbury brought these guys—played by Will
Ferrell and Chris Kattan—to the big screen, no one had any idea that they
were even brothers. Ferrell himself admits that the film had to be created
pretty much from scratch.
"The sketch is pretty much only on one level," Ferrell says in a phone
interview from Toronto. "Its kind of this physical cartoon, is the best way
to describe it So we just had this blank page that we had to fillfrom scratch.
We just locked ourselves in a room, and between myself and Chris and
Steve Karen, who helped us write the sketch, we improvised a lot of it, like
how we thought these guys would talk and sound and react and whether
or not theyre just friends or in the same family. We found that having them
in the same family helped to set up that loser mid-twentysomething slack-
er-who-doesn't-know-what-to-do-with-their-life set-up."
So how did this sketch get picked in the first place? Ferrell credits co-
producer Amy Heckerling, director of Clueless and Fast Times at
RidgemontHigh, with getting the film off the ground
Says Ferrell, "[Chris and I] didn't necessarily have this in our heads as
movie material. But Amy, in particular, identified with these characters or
something, so she was like, 'What do you think?' And we were like, 'Oh,
yeah, OK.' It wasn't so much that we lobbied for it as that she did, and we
were kind of like, 'Well, this would be a fun experience and a nice opportunity,' so we went forward with it"
The sketch began as a two-person act, but there have been some memorable three-person variations, beginning a year or two ago when Jim
Carrey joined the brothers during an SNL guest-hosting stint In fact, most
people who recognize the Butabi brothers at all seem to think they're a Jim
Carrey routine.
Carrey's name is mentioned once during the film—a nightclub owner
(an amusing Chazz Palminteri) yells his name and waves across the dance
floor at one point—but he never actually appears in the film. "We knew
there wasn't any way we could get Jim Carrey to do it with us," says Ferrell,
"and we just thought it would be a cleaner thing if we just kept it to the two
guys. I don't think we made any effort to see if Jim was available to do anything in it, and I Jcnow he didn't call us."
But it wouldn't be an SNL movie without celebrity cameos. In addition
to the usual SNL crew—Molly Shannon, Colin Quinn and Marie McKinney
all have bit parts—Loni Anderson pops in, and former 21 Jump Street co-
star Richard Grieco was persuaded to play himself
"We just thought it would be funny and lame if these guys aspired to be
Richard Grieco," says Ferrell, "and we thought, 'Boy, that would be really
funny if he was willing to play himself in the movie.'"
Grieco" enters the Butabi brothers' lives when he accidentally rear-ends
their car. And while Grieco doesn't particularly care for these fans of his,
but gets them into the nightclub of their choice in order to avoid a lawsuit
"Luckily he had a great sense of humour about it," says Ferrell. "The
other idea that we had didn't quite work out, which was the reference to
Emilio Estevez. We wanted to end the movie with Emilio Estevez coining
to the door, but he declined. Emilio didn't have as good a sense of humour,
is what I'm trying to say. Our other idea was that we'd have Charlie Sheen
walk in the door, and we'd keep saying, 'Emilio!' But that didn't work out
Saturday Night Live movies have been a mixed bunch so far. The Blues
Brothers and Wayne's World were decent hits, but their sequels flopped,
and films such as It's Pat have gone more or less straight to video.
How well A Night at the Roxbury does remains to be seen—it opens
against stiff competition, including the computer-animated Antz and
Robin Williams' visually impressive afterlife romance What Dreams May
Come—but other SNL-based films are already in the works. These include
Sprockets, starring Mike Myers, and Superstar, a film based on the
Broadway-smitten Catholic schoolgirl played by Molly Shannon.
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Music minded
Welcome Back Zoobombsl
[Emperor Norton Records]
Inscribed in bold letters on the back of this latest
Zoobombs record is "Japanese Funky Hardcore No.
1." Funky for sure, but hardcore, in the Japanese
Gauze/Pile Driver sense, definitely not. The
Zoobombs are, in essence, a mix of die Jon Spencer
Blues Explosion's brand of experimental noise rock
fused with the energy and lapanese vocal styles of
Guitar Wolf. The songs vary between funk, dance
and, more prominentiy, rockabilly, often with a
hip-hop-influenced backbeat. The band describes
themselves as comprising the sounds of Bo
Diddley and having the strength and speed of Carl
Zoobombs consists of an industrial graphic
designer, a girl who is sometimes confused for a
guv someone who wasn't invited to play in the
bdi,d cirid .3 guv who's "a whiz at making bombs."
1 his unconventional group gained enough noteri-
i-n, thdt thi'\ vn re asked to accompany the Blues
Fxplosion and t laming Lips on their 1997 US tour.
II win re the type of person who loves sloppy,
fecdrjjjjll-radden instrument destruction with
melody in the vein of the Blues Explosion, Sonic
Yuiiih .uid thi* I ramps, then the Zoobombs are definitely a band that will suit your taste. However,
even if you don't find this type of music appealing,
you can't afford to miss the Zoobombs live. The
unrelenting energy and randomness which consumes the Japanese rock scene makes even the
worst bands on the scene exciting to see, and the
Zoobombs are without question in the upper tier of
that hyper-active genre.
Martin Parkas
[Almo Records]
Imogen Heap is part of the new breed of raw-edged
female vocalists to come out after the Alanis
Morisette explosion—in fact, she even sounds
hauntingly similar to her Canadian counterpart
She's spent her life in music academies and colleges
since the tender age of twelve and, thanks to this,
Imogen's voice has developed well beyond her nineteen years on this polluted green planet
listening to her sing, you can feel raw emotion
behind her songs, a passion, a love for music.
Imogen's music is a mix between such artists as Joan
Osborne, Wild Strawberries, and unmistakably and
unavoidably, Alanis Morisette. And I think that might
be the one mark against her.
Yes, her lyrics sound almost like a Danielle Steele
novel put to song—they sound like she lacks intelligence or just life experience. But, then again, she's
only nineteen. Her classical training comes through
strongly, and this gives her a big boost over Alanis.
Her lyrics might be a Sweet Valley High tragedy, but
her voice and performance give that idiotic childishness a meaning normally reserved for tortured
impassioned artists living on meager incomes.
Given some time to mature and develop, Imogen
Heap will eventually become something big, and
maybe able to arise out of the shadow of Ms.
Morisette, and establish her own musical character.
Until then, to all those teeny-boppers, twinkies, and
jail bait out there, Imogen Heap's Megaphone is definitely worth checking out A much better buy than
the Hanson's, Backstreet Boys, or those highly talented gum's of Girl Power, the Spice Girls, Megaphone
isn't a bad debut at all.
Howard Luke Choy
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by Ronald Nurwisah
If you made a list of the ten best living pianists in the
world, Arcadi Vblodos might just be on it At the fresh-
| faced age of 26, Vblodos has already made a splash in the
classical music worid. He's made a number of highly
acclaimed recordings and worked with numerous reputable ensembles worldwide
Making his recital debut in Vancouver oh Sunday,
Volodos began the afternoon with a number of pieces
from composer Alexander Scriabin and early 20th century giant. Serge Jtacbmaninov. Volodos was able uise the
discordant qualities of the Rachmaninov to his advantage, and it was reflected in the confidence and sheer
musicality of the performance
Volodos then devoured another Russian work, Mikhail
Glinka's Le separation, before ending the first half of the
recital with his self-composed, Variations on a Theme
From Russian and Ludmilla by Glinka. The piece was a
perfect example of sheer wizardry and had die audience
quite literally holding its breath. By the end Volodos was
not only able to elicit a tiuraderous round of applause
from the audience, but a large sigh of relief as well.
The second half of the recital began with Robert
Schumann's Bunte Matter (Leaves of Different Colour).
Here Volodos musicality showed through again. The
highly varied movements of Bunte Blatter were each
given a unique voice by Volodos yet maintained their-thematic weight vwrhin use piece, as did the final works of
die afternoon, two pieces by Franz Liszt, a stereotypical
prerequisite in most piano recitals.
This wasn't the end of the recital though. Volodos had
a last minute addition—an eccentric yet spirited interpretation of Mendelssohn's Wedding March that charmed
the audience.Without a' doubt, Arcadi Volodos will be
very welcome again in Vancouver, should he ever return.
Lhffr *nd direct
I'll be really honest here. This CD almost caused
physical pain upon repeated forced listenings. This
is clearly the product of a band that still has yet to
find its own sound, and judging from the liner
notes, it's not hard to figure out why.
If you can name any hard-edged rock band,
chances are that you'd find their name under the
"special thanks" list that System of the Down have
in their liner notes. Korn, Rage Against the
Machine, Deftones, Suicidal Tendencies and Slayer
are but a few of the bands listed, leading to speculation that the members of System of a Down listened to a bunch of CDs and decided to put out
their own out right away.
At least, thafs what it sounds like. A mostlyconfused effort consisting of screams, bizarre guitar
sounds, and as almost juvenile style of lyric writing
(note for lyricists: never repeat anything more than
three times), System of Down is a complete mess.
Interestingly enough, they seem to have forgotten to put Tool on that thank-you list, as they seem
to ape Tool the most—especially with the vocal
styling. However, the vocals are lacking in sincerity,
and are almost a joke. System of a Down also seem
to fancy themselves as a group of radicals, as indicated by the neat littie anti-establishment quotes,
but you won't get anything like that from the lyrical
content or the vocals.
I can't think of a single good reason for you to
buy this CD. Unless you actually enjoy the sound of
fingernails across a chalkboard, I have no idea how
one could actually enjoy this CD.
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by Sarah Galashan
APEC protester Craig Jones
launched a class action suit
Tuesday charging Prime
Minister Jean Chretien and others with conspiring to limit the
rights of protesters during the
economic summit.
In his statement of claim,
Jones alleges that the prime
minister, Foreign Affairs
Minister Lloyd Axworthy and
former Canadian ambassador to
Indonesia Gary Smith, "conspired to engage in acts with the
predominant purpose of
infringing the constitutional
rights and freedoms of the
Plantiff and the Class."
'The Class', pending court
approval, would be any other
interested parties who choose to
join in Jones'suit.
"What it allows us to do really
is to roll up a whole bunch of different actions that otherwise
wouldn't be able to proceed on
their own," said Jones.
Jones was arrested but never
charged for refusing to remove a
protest sign during the meeting
of 18 world leaders on the UBC
campus last November. In total,
49 arrests were made.
Originally, Jones and others
had filed suits against the RCME
But after obtaining documents
which suggest orders to limit the
levels of protest came from the
highest levels of government,
Jones decided to launch the new
suit. Many of the documents
have been leaked to the media.
Last week, portions of a
September 1997 e-mail from
APEC Coordinating Office executive director Robert Vanderloo
were released by UBC student
Jonathan Oppenheim. "PMO
[Prime Minister's Office] has
expressed concerns about the
security perimeter at UBC, not so
much from a security point of
view, but to avoid embarrassment to APEC leaders,"
Vanderloo wrote.
"The response, as suggested
in fact by [PMO communications
chief Peter] Donolo is that we
have to find a balance that meets
both concerns (we do not wish
student demonstrations and
efforts by the gov't to suppress
the freedom of expression to
become a major media story)."
The e-mail was part of a larger submission made by
Oppenheim to the RCMP Public
Complaints Commission which
is investigating the matter.
Hearings are set to resume on
It could be years before the
class action suit is heard. But
Jones said it was necessary to
pursue the suit because the
Commission has no legal jurisdiction.
"There's no robust means of
redress in this hearing. They can
make recommendations to the
police commissioner and that's
it. What good is that going to do
against the PM or Axworthy or
any of the rest?" Jones said.<* THF tJBYSSB
McClassrooms off the menu—for now
The dkteild over the role of
corporate money in academia
is G^pmg) at the University of
Victoria. iftQadkmfe my fe^
don't want their lecture halls
emblazoned with the logos of
Coca-Cola or the Royal Bank.
But the university's president
says they can take the money
and still keep their academic
 by Mary Vallis
The Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)—New classrooms at the University of
Victoria, set to open in January, are currendy nameless
because of student opposition to naming the rooms after
corporations that donated funds to the project.
Though UVic president David Strong was following university policy when he solicited funds for the new Centre
for Innovative Teaching (CIT), he agreed to take the proposed corporate room names back to the drawing table following a board of governors meeting on Monday.
A September 10 memo from acting external relations
director Jim Griffith to UVic president David Strong outlined the proposed names for the CIT.
They include the BC Tel-Royal Bank of Canada lecture
theatre, a Fletcher Challenge Canada seminar room, and a
BC Sugar Imasco Limited reception room.
When student BoG representatives Sandra Guarascio
and Ritu Mahil voiced their opposition to the idea, Strong
suggested that he renegotiate with his donors to find an
amenable solution.
"I bring things to the board for discussion and decisions,
and I act according to their instructions," said Strong. "The
principle is that the board isn't a rubber stamp [of
The BoG directed Strong to explore naming the rooms
after an individual within each organisation instead of its
corporate entity, in keeping with UVic's tradition of naming
buildings after individuals like Thomas S. McPherson and
Joseph B. Clearihue.
If the corporations agree to the change, each donating
organisation will still be recognised on the CIT's donor wall.
The decision was met with resounding applause from the
gallery, which was filled with students and UVSS board
members, most of whom were eager to beat the naming
suggestions down.
"It would be insulting to walk into a
room recognising the Royal Bank of
Canada when we're going to be indebted to this institution for 20 years. [The
bank] can wash the blood from their
hands with a donation and a plaque on
the wall."
Sandra Guarascio
Student BoG Representative
Private-sector donations represent 60 per cent of the
building's $3.7-million fund ($2.18 million), while the
provincial government kicked in $1.13 million in matching
funds to the project when it first got underway.
Special projects at UVic are becoming increasingly
dependant on private sources for funding. With $6.3 billion
in cuts to federal transfer payments to the provinces since
1993, in addition to the tuition freeze, the provincial government has its hands tied when it comes to new expenditures. Strong said the provincial government has already
notified him that they have no funds available for a new
library project which the university is pursuing.
As corporations come to recognise students as consumers, they're eyeing campuses all across the country as
new markets. That has been raising questions about the
academic integrity and autonomy of public learning institutions. At the University of Toronto a professor is sponsored by the Royal Bank, and students study in the Xerox
library. At the University of Calgary, students already take
classes in the Husky Oil classroom and check their books in
a library that has a Petro Canada logo on its doors.
Corporate presence at UBC is growing as Well. The university is working on or already has exclusive deals with
Coca-Cola, BC Tel, Canadian Airlines and the Royal and
Hongkong banks.
UVic's recently revised recognition policy says that a
minimum $125,000 donation warrants a named classroom
for the donor. The policy was originally created in 1991,
when UVic initiated a major private sector fundraising
campaing that raised $67 million for the university—nearly
three times the drive's $25 million goal.
The CIT was one of UVic's priority projects during the
funding drive.
Last June, the board split the policy into two separate
guidelines: recognition and naming. Though the amendments now permit a student board rep to take part in each
policy's committee meetings, Guarascio, who sits on one
committee, says the recognition policy is open-ended
enough to drive a truck through its middle.
While the implications of corporate donations at UVic
still unknown, Guarascio recognises the benefits the funds
bring to campus. For her, the issue is where to limit corporate influence to maintain UVic's academic integrity, and
right now, Strong is willing to draw the line just outside the
classroom door.
"It would be insulting to walk into a room recognising
the Royal Bank of Canada when we're going to be indebted
to this institution for 20 years," said Guarascio during the
meeting. "[The bank] can wash the blood from their hands
with a donation and a plaque on the wall."
President Strong, however, says corporate donations to
the university should be seen within their context.
"Corporations will never, in my mind, be big enough to
significantly drive the direction of the university," he said.
Though Monday's decision to renegotiate is in no way final,
it could send a message to donors that the terms of their
donor agreement may change after the funds are turned
over to UVic and has the potential to affect future donor
Strong says he doesn't see the meeting as a precedent-
setter. "All we did was accept a motion that I go back and try
again," he said.^
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Draft budget released
AMS finance director Sandra Matsuyama released a draft of her
1998/99 budget on Wednesday night. The student society will have
a budget of $2.75 million, about $500,000 more than last year's
budget. Last spring, the society
won student approval in a referendum to raise AMS fees to
Matsuyama is recommending
^e%\^mrmmmimmm&wsrwwmjs%. *•** ^at n0 money De allocated to the
4jrywnmy- (j£«, ^ew imtjatjve pun(j tWs year.
** Originally, money from the soci
ety's exclusivity deal with Coca-
Cola was to have gone towards the fund. But for the past four years,
the society has relied on the annual $130,000 for general operations. Matsuyama said because maintenance of new initatives
relies on other funds after the first year, and given that the Coke
deal only lasts for five more years, it would be better to put the
money towards fighting the society's $150,000 debt.
Council members have two weeks to review the budget before
voting. ♦
Survey results released
The results of an August 12 survey of AMS employees have been
released. The survey, issued by AMS director of administration Scott
Morishita, asked employees what they thought of their work environments. Several questions asked them how they felt about their
relationship with AMS senior administrators. Of the 47 full-time
employees, 42 responded. Twenty-nine per cent of respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement: "I do not feel my
job security will be compromised should it be necessary to raise or
file a complaint about my manager or supervisor."
However, Pie-R-Squared manager Ian McKinnon said the results
presented at the council meeting were "misleading." He said
because employees of one AMS area showed a high degree of dissatisfaction with their management compared to employees in
other areas, the results were not necessarily representative of all
employees. "Food and beverage employees are unanimously
behind [AMS food and beverage manager] Nancy Toogood,"
McKinnon said.
McKinnon said, in his opinion, the survey was nothing more
than a "fishing trip" and that "whoever pushed this [survey]... was
out to get someone's head." Of the 42 respondents, 21 worked in
food and beverages, five in administration, four in facilities and 12
in other areas. When approached by the Ubyssey, AMS general manager Bernie Peets said he could not release the broken down version
of the survey results (according to employee group) .♦
AMS exploring idea of
student-run credit union
Michael Rhodes, president of Daelan Financial, a White Rock mutual funds dealer, has approached the AMS about the idea of creating
a student-run credit union. According to AMS president yivian
Hoffmann, Rhodes says such an operation doesn't have to run on a
lot of capital. Hoffmann said she is also talking to existing credit
unions about the possibility of providing student loans. Rhodes
tried unsuccessfully for months to get UBC to consider a Mutual
Funds Loyalty Program as a better option to its deal with the Royal
and Hongkong Banks.*'
Kids to get playground
Children of UBC student families are going to get a new playground.
The AMS council agreed to take $2,500 out of its capital projects and
acquisitions fund and give it to Kids Club UBC Child Care Services
located on Acadia Road.*>
—Douglas Quan
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Whose ass are we kicking, exactly?
ass : ji . 1. a four-legged
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by Irfan Dhalla
For the most part, 1 liked Imagine UBC. It was much better
than the welcome 1 received several years ago, and most
first-years who attended probably enjoyed it too. 1 was
amused to see dowdy administrators lined up for their turn
to be victims at the dunk tank and mildly confused about
why there was hay everywhere. However, what really
caught my attention were the T-shirts.
They were everywhere, it seemed, screaming, "UBC
KICKS ASS!" (some spirited volunteers, by the way, covered
"UBC" with their own name tags, thereby appointing
themselves as ass-kickers for a day).
And then at the Welcome Back Barbecue, I spotted our
venerable president, Martha Piper, serving beer while
decked out in her own splendid "UBC KICKS ASS!" T-shirt
(too bad President Piper didn't use her name tag as creatively as the aforementioned students. It would have
made for a great photo for our files).
I told my family about these T-shirts and our president's
predilection for them. My mother, who admittedly is a bit
of a prude, was
wrinkled her
face as if she was
actually smelling
someone's posterior. More to
the point, my brother wondered why UBC had to retort to
blatant chest-pounding to instil pride.
A friend of mine who knows more about these things
than 1 do told me that the UBC shirt must have been patterned after a shirt that brazenly shouts, "Canada Kicks
Ass!" Coincidentally, I saw a girl wearing one of these in my
economics class the very next day—the provocative words
were stretched tightly across her provocative breasts. It was
hard not to notice. 1 wanted to ask her, "Excuse me, but just
whose ass are we kicking?" but I didn't have the nerve.
So 1 thought about it myself. I looked south of the border. No, one look at our measly dollar and 1 knew that
Canada is most definitely not kicking American ass. I considered the country where our monarch resides, but they
have 5per cent unemployment as compensation for unappetizing shepherd's pie. It's a combination I think most
out-of-work Canadians could come to accept. We can't
possibly be kicking British butt, then. So 1 peered across
the Pacific. We must be giving it to the Japanese—they are
practically dying from bad economic planning, aren't they?
Well, the truth is that their per capita Gross Domestic
Product is still higher than ours, and they maintain a
healthy (for them) trade surplus against us.
Now I happen to think Canada is a fine place to live. I
hope you do too. But that doesn't mean we have to resort to
tasteless jingoism to give ourselves a sense of self-worth.
Maybe the slogan designers weren't referring to politics.
What about sports? The answer is not so pleasant there
either.      Canada's
hockey team didn't
win a medal at the
Olympics this year
(shame,     shame).
Jacques Villeneuve,
our    most    over-
hyped global "athlete", hasn't won a Formula-1 race this
season and the Australians just kicked our pretentious
behind at the Commonwealth Games.
Heard anything from Donovan Bailey lately? Mike
Mahood did recentiy flatten a praying Malaysian field
hockey player after a bad call cost Mike and the Marauders
an important game, but I don't think the knee-to-the-head
manoeuvre was what the slogan writers had in mind.
But then 1 remembered that former UBC students Jaggi
Singh and Craig Jones have both had their respective asses
kicked by Canada. Oh, I forgot to mention one thing—both
Singh and Jones are Canadians. Still, that's a minor point.
At least Jean Chretien and the RCMP are whipping somebody's behind.
There's no need to look outside our borders, or to such
unimportant diversions as sport, for evidence that Canada
kicks ass. We do it to ourselves, over trivial things that
nobody cares about like constitutional rights. Hope UBC
doesn't follow in these footsteps. ♦
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October 5-9, 1998
Schedule of Events
Theme:  Rationing or Rationalization:
The Future Health Care System?
Tuesday, October 6
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Woodward IRC, Hall 4
4:30-6:00 pm.
Woodward IRC, Lecture Hall 5
the john f. Mccreary lecture
Dr. Donald Light, Professor,
Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
The real ethics of rationing: putting patients last?
Chair: Dr. Donald Light, Professor,
Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
Panelists: Bob Evans (Centre for Health Services & Policy Research);
Mary Ferguson-Pare (Vancouver Hospital); David Kelly, (Ministry of
Health); Bill McArthur (Fraser Institute); Michael McDonald (Centre for
Applied Ethics); Barbara Mintzes (Health Care & Epidemiology).
On what bases should we be making health care allocation/
rationing decisions?
Wednesday, October 7
Woodward IRC
Hall 4, Lobby
Seminar Rooms
5:00-6:00 p.m
5:00-8:00 p.m
Two graduate students are selected to deliver a keynote address at the
Health Sciences Student Research Forum, providing listeners with an
overview of what is new, intriguing and important in the student's specific
area of research. As part of Health Sciences Week, the Forum is an
interdisciplinary event that includes more than 100 poster and oral
Dr. John H.V. Gilbert, Coordinator of Health Sciences
Dr. Joanne Emerman, Associate Dean, Research
Faculty of Medicine
• Kelly Bannister, Department of Botany
The Age of Rediscovery:
Ethnobotany & the Search for Plant-Derived Medicines
• Steve Morgan, Department of Economics
The Case against Universal Pharmacare:
Economic Rationalizing and Income Based Rationing
Thursday, October 8
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Woodward IRC, Lecture Hall 2
Before a live audience, three interdisciplinary teams of health sciences
students demonstrate their skills in assessment and management of a
problem case. An award will be presented to the twelve-member student
team judged most effective in overall case management. mjHE
tv October 7. iqq«
Federico Barahona
Sarah Galashan and Douglas Quan
John Zaozirny
Bruce Arthur
Dale Lum
Todd Silver
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""   Fernie Pereira
Stephanie Keahe
Shalene Takara
Cynthia Lee declared it initiation night at the
Ubyssey. Todd Silver and Peter T. Chattaway had to
wear Marina Antunes's clothes ail night, and Ron
Nurwisah, Martin Farkas, and Howie Choy walked
around with bright red lipstick. Things got scary
when Joe Clark and Bruce Arthur stripped right
down, causing Date Lum to stop and stare. Tara
Westover noticed Vince Yims secret tattoo, while
Anne Augustine and Trina t Iamilton snapped a few
photos. John Alexander joined in the fun but, Irfan
Dhalla and Sarah Galashan felt ilL Nick Bradley wasn't impressed. Federico Barahona had to go have a
cigarette. Victoria Scott warned him not to run with
scissors, but Douglas Quan did anyway, tripped,
and cut off his elbow. John Zaozirny pretended he
had to go to night class and Mary Vallis was just glad
she was home safe in Victoria. And lohn
Demeulemeester, well, let's not talk about that.
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The naked truth about initiations
The above photo is not a pretty sight. Well, that
depends on your point of view. The spectacle of
the men's varsity team initiation rite wrenched
one of our editors away from an AMS council
meeting. It did liven up the evening—inebriation and full frontal nudity so rarely intersect at
the AMS. So the photo was taken with the full
(and we mean full) cooperation of the above
members (ha!) of the UBC Thunderbirds volleyball team. Thanks, guys.
Initiations are a common occurrence on
campus. In athletics, rookies are usually
humiliated in front of as many people possible—sort of like Clinton, but without all that
messy paperwork. Oh, the humanity. You'd be
surprised how happily debased a person can
The same holds true with the ubiquitous
fraternities, who force pledges to crawl on their
bellies in order to earn the privilege to pay to
live in a house whose primary decorative touch
is lasting vomit stains.
The five-member (ha!) AMS executive are
dunked by the engineers. The fact that it's done
only once a year is the one real downside.
The engineers have to drink until their blood-
alcohol levels are pretty much 50-50. But we're
not sure if that's an initiation rite or just policy.
But initiation is not as widespread (ha!) at
UBC as we'd like. So here are some suggestions.
Upon being granted full tenure, professors
must don a loincloth, go for a fifty-mile run,
and be injected with the first of their weekly
doses of formaldehyde.
After their sense of humour is beaten out of
them with a sack full of thesis papers, newbie
grad students would be asked to follow their
thesis advisors off a cliff in order to show obe
dience. That the thesis advisors may well perish
is a bonus.
After eighty-three hours of A Clockwork
Orange-style forced viewing of "movies" starring any combination of Pamela Anderson Lee,
Hulk Hogan, Jean Claude Van Damme and
Pauly Shore, Film Society members would be
allowed to sit and decompose in front of the
screen in peace.
Becoming President of UBC involves the
most tasking initiation of all. You don't want to
know—let's just say David Strangway will
never look at a saddle, a little cowboy hat, a
bungee cord, strawberry ice cream and a pair
of lederhosen in the same way again. Trust us.
It's not a pretty sight As for us, we just have to
write inane editorials until we've had
enough. ♦
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Protect the
rights of
It was with dismay and consternation that I read the recent article on
the use of abusive language by students completing evaluation forms
for the Faculty of Arts ["Sexism Mar
Evaluation Forms"]. As both a student and an educator, I am disheartened that rather than providing constructive criticism for
improving teaching, students feel
free to personally attack instructors
in a particularly hurtful manner.
However, I also find it disturbing
that the Faculty of Arts is considering altering the evaluation process
by removing the guarantee of confidentiality. This would have a negative impact on the process because
students would be far less likely to
be candid in their evaluations.
Students must have a forum by
which they can effectively critique
instructors and be protected from
any adverse response that the evaluations may have. This is particularly important for students evaluating instructors within their
departments, at both the graduate
and undergraduate level.
There is another issue of concern here and that is the issue of
censorship. One of the cornerstones of a liberal arts education is
the commitment to critical flunking
and freedom of speech In addressing the concerns of instructors who
are the targets of abusive language,
we must also address the right of
students to speak freely. Once we
begin placing limits on students'
speech, our commitment to liberal
education will suffer. I would argue
that monitoring students' comments or shredding offensive evaluations are inappropriate answers
for the Faculty of Arts. We ought to
address these questions within the
classroom because that is where we
can best challenge those attitudes
that harm and offend.
Melinda Marie Jette
PhD Student. History
A lot has been written about how
the civil rights of the protestors were
violated in last year's APEC protest
and pepper-spray incident at UBC.
Yet, are those arguments and the
overwhelming unconditional support given to the protestors fair and
I asked this question because I
felt the RCMP has been grossly vilified by the public and the media
and more importantly, many people seem to think our constitutionally-protected rights are absolute.
The fact, however is these rights are
not absolute and they are "subject
only to such reasonable limits pre
scribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society."
Speaking of the incident, it is
imperative to point out that the protestors should in part be responsible for the melee. I sympathised
and understood the anger and frustration many protestors felt about
how the protest was limited to a certain area and that their action could
not been seen by the delegates of
the APEC conference. Nonetheless,
this does not given them the excuse
to crush the security fence at
Flagpole Plaza.
Canada has an obligation under
international convention to protect
International Protected Persons or
IPPs. The security arrangements, no
matter how unjustified the protestors felt were legitimate. Once the
protestors had crushed and tried to
pull down the fence, the RCMP had
no choice but to react with appropriate measures to disperse the protestors. In my view, the RCMP reacted appropriately at the Flagpole
Plaza and this deserves our support.
The protestors, on other hand could
hardly argue the demonstration
was a peaceful one once they
crushed the security fence. After all,
could we say crushing and pulling
down security fences is peaceful?
When the hearings on the complaints raised by the protestors
begin on October 5,1 am sure both
sides would be given the opportunity to argue their cases. Specifically,
were the rights of the protestors violated? If violated, was the violation
justifiable? Did the RCMP overreact or were theyover-zealous in
their enforcement in some
instances? What could we learn
from the incident? A fair conclusion, I believe would be reached in
due course.
Jerome Yau
4th year Poli-Sci and History
Mary Prim
is very real
Thank you for corifinning my existence to Stephen Brooks re: my
APEC letter: "Campus
Communists" against commerce
who caused chaos at UBC.
Yeah, Stephen I'm proud to be a
real person, unlike some people
and some newspapers like the Junk
Journal formerly known as the
Vancouver Sun. I don't waddle with
the sheep. (Baaa).
There is nothing quite like independent thought More should try
it—they'd like it!
There is nothing that turns people off more than those who
endorse communism and deprive
us of our democratic freedoms—all
in the name of something called
human rights. It's time for the UN
parasites who haven't been democratically elected who push this line
to step aside. Goodbye!
Mary Prinz
Vancouver THF tJBYSS
Why Monica really kept that dress
The story I am about to tell you is, at best, completely unbelievable. The only reason I am repeating it is because the person
who first told me seemed so totally credible. Soomin Lee
remains an unassuming die-hard evangelical Christian.
Happily, time has proven me to be a good judge of character; all
her facts have checked out, and the story, which was incredible
to begin with, seems even more incredible now—since I found
out that it's all true.
I am an Arts One student UBC and I used to work part time
at the Bennys Bagels in the University Village. Every Sunday this
preppy Korean girl used to come in, by herself, for coffee and
cheesecake. Her smiling face and sweet southern accent caught
my attention and eventually we became friends. Often I would
take my break with her and, after some time, she told me about
this girl she used to live with.
It turns out that when Soomin first came out here, from
Virginia, to enroll in the Christian Studies program at Regent
College, she shared one of those nasty illegal
by Victoria Scott basement apartments on Toronto Road with a Jewish girl from
Newfoundland who had originally come out here to study art
history. While at UBC, this girl, who we will call Helena for the
moment, became enthralled with political science (despite J.K.
Holsti) and ended up moving out east to take an internship at a
little known progressive American policy magazine called The
Washington Monthly. Her wit and writing ability, not to mention
her well rounded good looks, made Helena very popular on the
party circuit in DC and before you could say, "Is that a Cuban
cigar?" she found herself on her knees in the Oval Office happily munching away on Mr. Presidents Vienna sausage. Soomin
told me that Helena would send her these incredibly tacky postcards with the words "Cum soon!" written on them. But that's
just the beginning.
While Helena was at UBC she associated with a little known
group of radical students and riff raff who referred to themselves
as Local Circumstances, or LC, for short. No one really paid any
attention to them. They were an anarchisttype group with tight
connections to the Vancouver art scene and they seemed to
spend most of their time hanging out at Spartacus Books downtown, or that collectively run coffee house, on Commercial
Drive, called La Quena Apparently, however, this rag tag group
of vegans, graducate students and petty thieves were doing a lot
more than just hangin' out They had big dreams. Helena told
Soomin that they were making plans to "...Take America down.
Just a peg or two!"
LC met regularly at the Chinese Buddhist Vegetarian
Restaurant on Pender where they would discuss strategy.
Notable members included Mikail Huge, Guy Debord, Michelle
Bernstein, Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Timothy Clark and
Elise Donut Long into the night they would argue over tactics
and how to handle the media Soomin told me that while they
were mostly known for their heavy drinldng, they spent a lot
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more time in bed than at bars. 'An
incestuous bunch!" is what she said
actually. After being rejected by
Nardwuar (he said it was something
to do with some medical problem
he has), apparently the raven-haired
Helena (or rather Monica as we now
know her) started sleeping with
both Huge and Debord, although it
was all a big secret at the time, and
no one really cared anyway.
Despite their commitment to
non-violent civil disobedience there
were some considerable differences
among them regarding their politics. Elise Donut, for instance, was
one of those humourless do-gooders, a heavy handed Marxist who
was always accusing everyone of
being "Chumps of the State." While
Monica, on the other hand, was
constantly talking about anal sex to
the point where it actually made
some people kind of nervous. She
wasn't interested in converting anyone, 'seduction,' was the word she
used most often, even back then.
Soomin says that the whole blow job
thing was all Monica's idea, although
Huge and Donut always take credit
for it
Being anarchists the members of
LC were not just interested in taking
down America, they wanted to
destroy the whole notion of the
nation-state period: "Worldwide
revolution with unlicensed pleasure
as its only goal!" was their motto.
The upcoming APEC forum at UBC
provided them with the perfect
opportunity to try out their ideas.
And so, with the help of some unwitting liberal students, they set up a
front group called APEC-Alert and
got the show on the road. The rest is
history, and, thanks to Monica's
work south of the border, politics in
the western world will never be the
same again.
Well Soomin went back to
Virginia over a month ago, and I now
work around the corner at that little
hippie health food joint The people
who own it are much nicer and
occasionally a few leftover members
of LC drop by for lunch. They seem
pretty confident that Chretien will
resign although they are worried
about the situation with the Reform
Party. "Array! It's the whole god
damn system!" I hear them yell at
each other sometimes. "You take
one down, and another just pops
right back up in their place! We have
to get the ideas out there! The analysis! The critique!" Monica has cut off
all ties with the group, although she
still sends them money, and Huge
and Donut are now working for the
NDP (apparently they are going to
be married at Green College in the
spring). Nardwuar's first single,
'Suharto Stomp' from his hit album
'I Gotta Rash1" is climbing the charts
and there's talk about giving him his
own show on CBC (about time!).
Mosdy it's just Debord, Bernstein
and Clark and an occasional undergraduate now. And soon it might just
be the undergraduates as the others
have been talking a lot about going
down to Mexico, "Where the real
action is" (poor Mexico!). I'm glad
actually—the undergraduates seem
a lot cooler. They've got more style
and better hair. I tell you I feel really
good about those kids, them and
that woman Linda, from CiTR (101.9
on your FM dial!), give me real hope
for the future. ♦
Victoria Scott is a UBC student
and local activist


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